Sources: McCourty suffers separated shoulder


Sources: McCourty suffers separated shoulder

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Patriots will never say how badly he's hurt -- they'll barely admit that he's even hurt -- but sources told Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran that cornerback Devin McCourty suffered a separated shoulder when he was run into by teammate Sterling Moore in the second quarter while breaking up a pass intended for Plaxico Burress.

McCourty missed the rest of the game, and will probably be sidelined indefinitely. Curran said the degree of separation, which will determine how long McCourty will be out, probably won't be known for a day or two.

"Not great news," Curran told Michael Felger on 'Sports Sunday', "because you don't want to run Antwaun Molden out there every week as your shutdown guy at cornerback."

What good news there is for the Pats: Next week's opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, may be without starting quarterback Matt Cassel (who was injured in the team's loss to Denver), which could reduce the pressure on the team's depleted secondary.

Game notes: Patriots vs. Steelers


Game notes: Patriots vs. Steelers

A quick look at the information you need to know about today's Patriots-Steelers game:

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 5-1, Steelers 4- 2

GAME TIME: 4:25 p.m. EST


TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson


NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Larry Kahn, Mark Carrier and Troy West

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak


LAST MEETING: Patriots 28, Steelers 21 on Sept. 10, 2015 at Gillette Stadium

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-- The Patriots are 8-11 against the Steelers in Pittsburgh in their history, but are 4-2 at Heinz Field. Included in those four Heinz Field victories are two in AFC Championship Games (in the 2001 and 2004 seasons).

-- Tom Brady is 8-2 against the Steelers in his career.

-- The last time Brady played the Steelers, in 2015, he set a Patriots franchise record with 19 consecutive pass completions.

-- The Patriots are 108-70 (.607) in road games since 1994, the best record in the NFL over that span. The Steelers (97- 82, .542) are second.

-- The Patriots have yet to throw an interception in 2016, setting a team record for consecutive games without an interception at the start of a season (6). The NFL record for consecutive games at the start of a season without a pick is 9, set by the 1960 Browns. The Patriots' franchise record for overall consecutive games with no interceptions is 8, set in 2010.

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-- Rob Gronkowski has 67 overall touchdowns and needs one to tie Stanley Morgan (68) for the franchise record.

-- Gronkowski has 66 receiving touchdowns and needs one to tie Morgan (67) for the franchise record.

-- Gronkowski has 22 100-yard receiving games, including two in 2016, and is tied with Jackie Smith for the third-most among all NFL tight ends. The only TEs who have more are Kellen Winslow (24) and Tony Gonzalez (31).